What’s the impact of gun violence? How many people are shot in the U.S.? How many Americans are injured by guns?
These are important questions to answer. We need reliable gun violence data in order to accurately understand this epidemic – and Brady has the numbers.
21 children and teens (1-17) are shot every day.
310 people are shot every day.
7,782 children and teens 1-17 are shot every year.
113,108 people are shot every year.
*This number is a five-year average derived from Violence Policy Center’s “When Men Murder Women” analysis of FBI homicide data, 2012-16 (the five most recent years available for this).
Brady averaged the five most recent years of complete data from death certificates (2013-17) available via CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control’s Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System, cdc.gov/injury/wisqars/fatal.html, and three most recent years of complete data from emergency department visits (2013, ‘14, and ‘16) available via the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project’s (HCUP’s) online query system, hcupnet.ahrq.gov.
Emergency department statistics on HCUPnet are from the HCUP Nationwide Emergency Department Sample (NEDS), State Emergency Department Databases (SEDD), and State Inpatient Databases (SID). All diagnoses of external cause of injury that patients receive in emergency departments are assigned an International Classification of Diseases (ICD) code. The assignments of specific ICD codes are reflected in the data shown here.